Will state workforce get leaner?

Number of state workers at 15-year low; officials uncertain if more cuts are needed

Missouri government’s workforce is the smallest it’s been in 15 years. Within two months, we’ll know of it’s going to get smaller.

“We do not know yet,” state Budget Director Linda Luebbering said last week. “We will, obviously, continue to see if there are additional efficiencies, even if we didn’t have a budget challenge — which we will.”

Luebbering and her staff now are reviewing departments’ and agencies’ requests for the 2013-14 budget, and eventually will craft the proposal Gov. Jay Nixon will make in his State of the State address in January and that lawmakers then will write next spring.

Since July 1, 2001 — the start of the first full business year of then-Gov. Bob Holden’s administration — state government has lost the equivalent of ....

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